First High Resolution Images of the West Nile Virus

First High Resolution Images of the West Nile VirusNew York Times article: “Researchers Get Their First Close-Up Look at West Nile Virus.”

To obtain the images, Dr. Kuhn and his colleagues at Purdue chilled the fragile virus to about minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit in liquid ethane, a hydrocarbon, then bombarded it with high-energy electrons. The deflection of electrons off the virus’s atoms produced the images….Detailed information about the structure of West Nile could help scientists understand its unusual life cycle. That information should help researchers pinpoint West Nile’s vulnerabilities and develop drugs to disarm it.